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Conversations on 
the Plurality of Worlds 

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657-1757) 
translated by William Gardiner (1672-1719) 


Readers 

Michele Kilpatrick: Preface, Chapters 1-7, Chapters 9-11 
Lucretia B.: Chapter 8 
Availle: Chapters 12-13 











*’ Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle 


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Conversations on 


the Plurality of Worlds 

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657-1757) 

This book is a popular science book written in the late 1600s. It is written as a 
series of conversations between a gallant philosopher and a countess, while 
walking in her garden and gazing at the stars. The philosopher explains the 
heliocentric (sun as the centre) model of the solar system and also muses on 
the possibility of extraterrestrial life. While it explains the heliocentric model, 
unlike other astronomy works of the time, it did not attract the attention of the 
Church. (Summary by TriciaG, modified from Wikipedia) 


Genre(s): Non-fiction, Early Modern, Astronomy, Physics & Mechanics 
Language: English 

Read by Michele Kilpatrick, Lucretia B., and Availle. Total running time: 03:43:05 

This recording is in the public domain and may be reproduced, distributed, or modified 
without permission. For more information or to volunteer, visit librivox.org. 

Cover picture: The Earth and the Milky Way and moon (1918) by Wtadystaw T Benda, 
Wikimedia Commons. Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries 
with author’s life +70 yrs laws. 

Cover design by Margaret Hoang. This design is in the public domain. 


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